Summer Art Workshops

35th Annual Summer Visiting Artist Workshops in 2019!

We’re working on another great summer of fantastic workshops for 2019! More info about the workshops below will be uploaded soon. Please check back soon!

You can take a workshop anywhere, but it won’t be as gorgeous as Tahoe! We’re within walking distance of the north shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Come join us this summer for an intensive study of art in a variety of mediums.  Open to the public, 16 and up. Tap into your creativity at the lake!


Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts

Located at the Holman Arts and Media Center!


We’re very excited to be in this great facility, generously donated by Robert and Robin Holman and supported by numerous community members. It’s big, bright, and has new equipment and facilities.

Register Here
(Online registration does not guarantee enrollment. Classes may fill before registrations get processed. Enroll early!)

2019 Workshop Schedule


Tuition and lab fee $549
Jeff Downing Fast Action Hand Building: Expressive Narrative Sculpture with Animals June 10th – 14th
Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Fast Fire “Pottree”: Alternative Firing Methods June 17th – 21st
Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Functionally Divergent: A Tale of Two Potters June 24th – 28th
Matt Long Line and Gesture with Porcelain July 8th – 12th
Helen Otterson Merging Clay and Glass July 15th – 19th
T Roberts Pacini Paperclay July 22nd –  26th

Ceramics Weekend:

Tuition and lab fee $249
Nick Schwartz  Breaking the Rules: Loosen Up Making Gestural Forms and Large Scale Vessels July 20th & 21st

* Travel Course:

$3,900 ($549 deposit required)

Sheri Leigh O’Connor Ceramics, Sushi, and Sightseeing May 19th – June 3rd


Tuition and lab fee $549
Phyllis Shafer  Plein Air Landscape Painting in Tahoe July 8th – 12th


Jerry Dodrill Tahoe Digital Photography June 17th – 21st


Mary Brodbeck Intro to Japanese Woodblock Printmaking June 24th – 28th


Rick Parsons Lost Wax Pewter Sculpture July 22nd – 26th

Fine Arts:

Emily Cobb Creating Jewelry with Laser Cutting Technology July 15th – 19th

Digital Art:

Tim Guthrie 3D Printing with Makerbots June 10th – 14th

Register Here
(Registration does not guarantee enrollment. Classes may fill before registrations get processed)

Summer Art Workshops at SNC Tahoe

General Information on Summer Workshops

Lake Tahoe and the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains truly inspire the artist in us all. SNC offers a variety of summer workshops given by nationally known ceramists, glass artists, painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital artists, photographers, paper makers, jewelers, and more. Learn new techniques and expand your knowledge in the medium.

On Tuesday night at 7pm each week during the workshops, we’ll host our “Meet the Artist” lecture in the Prim Library, which will be immediately followed by an informal reception in the Tahoe Gallery. It’s free and open to the public. There are many activities in the area to enjoy while you’re here, including swimming, boating, golfing and hiking to mention a few.

Workshop students, aged 16 and up, can take workshops for personal enrichment or college credit. All are welcome! Tuition includes some materials, possible kiln firings, equipment rental, etc. Spouses, parents, children and friends are welcome to visit the studios before and after classes and attend “Meet the Artist” on Tuesday nights, but may not accompany the participant at the workshop.

Upon paid registration, students will receive an information packet by email with maps and directions to the college, class location, what to bring to the workshop, and other pertinent information, as well as Tahoe visitor’s info. Full refund is available for withdrawing up to four weeks before course start date (with the exception of the Japan course which is 60 days).  Attendee must petition, and have petition approved after the four week deadline for a refund.

Class Information:

Week-Long Classes
  • Class Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $549 – includes some materials*
  • Credit Tuition: TBA for 1.5 college credits or 1.5 teacher recertification credits
 Weekend Classes
  • Class Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $249 – includes some materials
  • Credit Tuition: TBA for .5 college credits, .5 teacher recertification credits

Japan Travel Course – May/June:

  • Credit Available: 3 college credits, 3 teacher recertification credits, or non-credit
  • Credit or Non-Credit Tuition: $3,900 – Includes all accommodations, activities, and select meals.
  • Payment Schedule: $549 deposit due upon registration. Full payment due, and non refundable after 3/21/19. Registration is possible after 3/21/19 if space is available, but full payment is due at the time of registration.

* Participants will be asked to be some tools and materials (like paints, canvases, etc.). A “Tool List” and info packet will be emailed to you before the workshop.

Lunches are not included, but may be purchased at the SNC cafeteria during their open hours.

We’ll provide complimentary breakfast sweets, fruit, coffee and tea each morning at the workshops.

For more information

Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts

Register Here
(Registration does not guarantee enrollment. Classes may fill before registrations get processed)


SNC Housing

Some single and double rooms on campus may be available in the dorms, subject to availability. Each room has its own bathroom, and linens* are included. Weekly room cleaning and linen turnover are included with multi-week stays. There is no maid service and meals are not included. Additional nights may be available at an additional charge.

Contact Student Affairs at to find out about room availability. Please include the dates you need and your contact information in the email.

Housing Prices 2019
  • Single Weeklong $460. 6 nights: Sunday night through Saturday morning
  • Double Weeklong $345. 6 nights: Sunday night through Saturday morning
  • Single Weekend  $150. 2 nights: Friday through Sunday morning
  • Double Weekend $93. 2 nights: Friday through Sunday morning

* Includes one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one blanket, one pillow, one pillow case, one bath towel, one hand towel, one washcloth, toilet paper, mini soap, and free wifi. There is no ac, tv, or additional taxes or fees.

Incline Village

A wide variety of resort, hotel, and vacation rental options are available in the immediate area. The Parkside Inn is located directly across the street from the Holman Arts and Media Center Building. Ask for an SNC discount.